Kemmerer, Kathleen Nulton 1952-

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Kemmerer, Kathleen Nulton 1952-

PERSONAL:

Born May 19, 1952, in Wilkes-Barre, PA; daughter of S. Edgar (in insurance) and Mary (a teacher) Nulton; married Eugene G. Kemmerer (a pharmacy manager), July 18, 1975; children: Mary, Laurie, Timothy, Elizabeth. Education: College Misericordia, B.A., 1974; University of Scranton, M.A., 1988; Fordham University, Ph.D., 1993.

ADDRESSES:

Home—Shavertown, PA. Office—Leader Services, 75 Kiwanis Blvd., Hazleton, PA 18202. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER:

Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton, assistant professor, 1998-2006; Leader Services, Hazleton, technical writer, 2006. Instructor at Wilkes University and Bloomsburg University, 2007—.

MEMBER:

Modern Language Association of America, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Society for Technical Communication.

WRITINGS:

A Neutral Being between the Sexes: Samuel Johnson's Sexual Politics, Bucknell University Press (Lewisburg, PA), 1998.

SIDELIGHTS:

Kathleen Nulton Kemmerer once told CA: "My original line of research was the women writers who surround Samuel Johnson, Elizabeth Carter, Catherine Talbot, Hester Thrale Piozzi, and Hester Mulso Chapone. In checking their references to Johnson's works, I became intrigued with his work and the rest is history."

Kemmerer later added "I'm always surprised that writing doesn't get any easier. Writing is the hardest form of work I've ever done. Physical labor, while strenuous, is often easier because the results are immediate.

"Academic writing is something like detective work. It is a convoluted process of checking and rechecking the facts, following leads and often encountering dead ends. Like detective work, the information trail is often much more interesting than writing the report when I have all the answers."